Big Brother wrapped up its controversial 15th season Sept. 18, and we spoke to all three finalists this morning on Entertainment Weekly radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). Rather than the usual celebratory nature these interviews can take, our chats with Andy Herren, GinaMarie Zimmerman, and Spencer Clawson centered mostly around their behavior in the house, specifically comments or conversations all three took part in that have led to each of them being either fired or publicly rebuked by their employers. And you can now hear all three interviews right here on the InsideTV Podcast. [SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now unless you already watched Wednesday's finale of Big Brother.] READ FULL STORY
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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says he has no issue with having a 'Big Brother' player on -- VIDEO
Survivor and Big Brother both launched in the summer of 2000. Both involve contestants voting each other out in the hopes of wining a big cash prize. And both air on CBS. But the shows have far more differences than similarities. Survivor takes place entirely outdoors in exotic locations halfway around the world, while Big Brother is set in a tricked-out house in Los Angeles. For years, Survivor (along with The Amazing Race) was considered the gold standard of reality programming, while Big Brother is more of cheesy guilty pleasure in which contestants dress up in hot dog costumes and must contend with a showtunes-loving clam named Otev and a sassy robot dubbed the Zingbot.
With all that in mind, I asked Jeff Probst while on location for filming of Survivor: Blood vs. Water (which premieres on Sept. 18) whether he had any issues in having a player — Hayden Moss, boyfriend of Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson — from the circus that is Big Brother now competing on his show. READ FULL STORY
We aren’t done hating on McCranda but that hasn’t stopped CBS from announcing the inevitable: The network has renewed Big Brother for a 16th season.
The show, which recently celebrated its 500th episode, is averaging 7.29 million viewers and a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Compared to last year, the show is up 11% in viewers, and 8% in adults 18-49.
A special 90-minute finale of this summer’s installment will air Sept. 18 following the season premiere of Survivor.
We’ve always liked Julie Chen. She has an amazing way with words (especially when those words happen to be “But first…”), and she’s never had any problem poking fun at her own Chenbot persona. However, unlike Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is known for grilling contestants until they are charred, Chen has usually employed a much lighter, friendlier tone upon greeting the Big Brother house-guests right after they have been evicted. However that all changed last week when Aaryn Gries was voted out of the house. Gries had spent her time on the show making numerous racist and homophobic comments, including many disgusting digs at Asians. Chen, who is Asian-American, took the unusual (for her) step of revealing her personal feelings about the comments while hosting her other CBS show, The Talk. But the question remained: Would she call Aaryn out when the two were finally face to face? The answer was an indisputable yes. READ FULL STORY
It’s the question fans love to debate: which reality show — Survivor or Big Brother — features better strategists? Which game requires greater skill and cunning to compete and complete. Well, fans aren’t the only ones who enjoy debating it: the contestants do as well. Even if they happen to be dating. I discovered that when I spoke to Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother 12 champ Hayden Moss. The two will be appearing on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, which premieres on CBS Sept. 18 at 8pm, and when I asked if Hayden was looking forward to proving that Big Brother contestants had the strategic chops to match up with Survivor schemers, it led to a bit of a kerfuffle between the pair. READ FULL STORY
Earlier this summer, Jeff Probst officially broke the news on Entertainment Weekly Radio that the 27th season of Survivor — titled Blood Vs. Water — would feature returning Survivor players and their loved ones. And now we can officially reveal that one of those pairs will be Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother season 12 champ Hayden Moss. And the two talk about it for the first time right here! While players from both Survivor and Big Brother have appeared on fellow CBS reality competition show The Amazing Race — and a relative of Survivor’s Russell and Brandon Hantz, Willie, played on last summer’s Big Brother — Hayden will become the first person to have appeared on both programs.
In the video interview below (which was shot on location), I asked the couple which show is harder, Survivor or Big Brother. “I will answer that question exactly in about 39 days,” said Hayden the day before the game began. “Really, I’ll be the only person ever that can answer that question. So I’m excited to test it out and see what Survivor is all about.” READ FULL STORY
CBS has settled a dispute with producers of ABC’s alleged Big Brother knock-off, Glass House, the network announced today.
The news comes a year after CBS tried but failed to gain traction on a suit brought against ABC and producers of Glass House, claiming copyright infringement. When that motion failed to get the courts to bar ABC from airing the program, CBS dropped the suit and instead pursued arbitration, which takes place out of the courts, against some of the show’s producers.
CBS’ statement reads in full:
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It’s not like Big Brother contestants are typically known for their contributions to society, but the season 15 cast has set the moral bar at an all-time low. (Is there a basement in the BB house? Because the bar is buried beneath that.) Following a season of offhand racist and homophobic remarks, the latest attempt at a “joke” is Spencer Clawson’s riff on child porn.
While fellow contestant McCrae was in the shower, Spencer grabbed his microphone and, in an apparent attempt to make his housemate look bad, said into the mic, “I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y’all about that? I love it. … I love it when they’re around 3 or 4 years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they’re in a basement.”
Spencer’s idea of humor took a serious turn, however, when his hometown police department in Conway, Arkansas, was informed of the remarks.
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The motto of Big Brother is “expect the unexpected,” and the contestants are going to have to do just that.
EW has confirmed that this season will have the largest jury thus far in the franchise, with nine members instead of the usual seven. This means whichever two houseguests are evicted this Thursday (it’s a double eviction) will become the first two members of the jury, as opposed to the last two going straight home.
Jury members move to a separate sequestered house, where they will ultimately decide who wins Big Brother 15. Because they remain sequestered, it’s also possible that one of the eliminated contestants will return to the house in some way. It’s interesting that with so many particularly unlikable people this season, CBS is opting to continue to keep even more of them around (and, as a result of that, putting more money in their pockets).
The news will be broken to the contestants during this Thursday’s live show.
CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves defended the network’s handling of controversial content on long-running reality series Big Brother this summer, while saying that he personally found the behavior of certain contestants “appalling.”
“Big Brother is obviously a social experiment, it always was,” Moonves says. “Clearly that’s what’s happening this year. I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling, personally. What you see there, I think it, unfortunately, is reflective of how certain people feel in America. It’s what our show is. I think we’ve handled it properly. Obviously, a lot of it makes us uncomfortable … we did not comment on some of the racial things being said until it really affected what was going on in the household.”
Moonves added that he watches every episode of the show, noting his wife and Big Brother host Julie Chen “would kill me if I didn’t.” Yet when asked what conversations they might have had about the show’s controversy, he said: “I’m not going to tell you what goes on in my home.” READ FULL STORY
'Big Brother': Kaitlin says 'I actually stand up for a lot of gay people' and that she is not a racist
While she did not make as many scandalous comments as her fellow alliance members Aaryn and GinaMarie, Kaitlin Barnaby was by no means innocent when it came to spewing intolerance on this season of Big Brother. At one point the live feeds picked her up saying that gay people were “untrustworthy in a game like this,” and another time she mocked Candice — who is African-American and was getting upset after her bed was flipped over — and said she wanted to see “the black girl come out of you.”
Now that Kaitlin has been evicted from the Big Brother house, the player is having to answer for her behavior. Jessica Shaw and I spoke to Kaitlin this morning on Entertainment Weekly Radio’s TV Recap show (SiriusXM, channel 105) and we asked the contestant what she would say to those who might label her homophobic or a racist for her comments. Here’s how she responded:
“I actually stand up for a lot of gay people and definitely shut down a lot of terms used in that house so I’m not sure where that is coming from. As to the whole racist thing, Candice went around the house all the time saying that she had a white side and a black side and I only meant in the terms that she was getting a little nasty in the way she was speaking to GinaMarie and Aaryn. But I am also not defending Gina Marie and Aaryn in that situation because I know that they made very inappropriate comments and I was never really a part of that.” READ FULL STORY
Jeremy McGuire, the 23-year-old “boat shop associate” from Texas was evicted from the Big Brother house last night. And even though Julie Chen went easy on him during his exit interview, we didn’t think he should be able to walk away without answering some questions.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How’s it going, Jeremy?
JEREMY McGUIRE: It’s going as good as it can be. I mean, I got evicted, so it’s kind of a bummer.
How much did you know that you were getting evicted? You seemed when you gave your final speech to the house to know that it was kind of a fait accompli.
Yeah, I mean it’s a small house and word gets around quick, so I mean, I knew at the beginning of the week. And even though I tried to make as many deals as possible, they knew that the only way to get me out was to backdoor me so they took the opportunity.
I mean, can you blame them?
No, I can’t blame them. I mean, it’s a game, and I respect everybody’s game, and to be honest with you, if they didn’t get me out then, they probably wouldn’t have been able to get me out later.
Yeah, it’s true. I’m sure you haven’t had time to go back and watch, but it almost seemed like Helen and Elissa might’ve been ready to make a deal with you. At what point after you had that talk with them in the HOH room, did you know that’s not going to work?
Ah, well, I was making deals all the way up to the last day, so I didn’t know until the last day. But, Helen had enough respect for me to come up and let me know that none of the deals were gonna be made and I just had that gut feeling. READ FULL STORY
We’ve all seen TV content disclaimers for violence, profanity and nudity. Now CBS has added one to Sunday night’s Big Brother — for prejudice.
Read the warning: “Big Brother is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7. At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by a Houseguest are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS. Viewer discretion is advised.”
The 15th season of Big Brother has shown more than one houseguest making racist comments to other contestants on the show. Some have criticized the program for including such content. Yet the show’s viewership has climbed in the wake of the controversy.
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